Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Interview: Slow Hand by Victoria Vane

We are excited to welcome author Victoria Vane.  She is joining us to day with an interview as she promotes her latest book Slow Hand.  

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Date of publication: November 2014

In rural Montana…
Wade Knowlton is a hardworking lawyer who’s torn between his small-town Montana law practice and a struggling family ranch. He’s on the brink of exhaustion from trying to save everybody and everything, when gorgeous Nicole Powell walks into his office. She’s a damsel in distress and the breath of fresh air he needs.

Even the lawyers wear boots…
Nicole Powell is a sassy Southern girl who has officially sworn off cowboys after a spate of bad seeds—until her father’s death sends her to Montana and into the arms of a man who seems too good to be true. Her instincts tell her to high tail it out of Montana, but she can't resist a cowboy with a slow hand…

Kari& Autumn: What inspired you to become a writer?

Victoria: Writing is not anything I ever intentionally set out to do. It just sort of happened.  I have always envied writers who walk around with their heads constantly filled with fantastic ideas for books. It took me forty four years to come up with what I thought was a worthy premise to write about - a historical novel Combining thwarted love, blind ambition, political intrigue, and horse racing!  The idea just kept churning around in my head during the day and invading my dreams at night, until I actually dared confess it to a good friend of mine, while we were riding up a mountain on horseback.

A few days later (coincidentally on my birthday), I found a package on my front porch.  Inside was a book on how to publish a book.  I don’t even remember the name of it now, but it was all the extra push I needed. After fourteen months of blood, sweat and tears, (well…not so much blood… unless you count paper cuts) I completed my first draft of THE HIGHEST STAKES, a Georgian era drama/romance set against the backdrop of early Thoroughbred horseracing. At the time I didn’t know a single writer. I had no literary contacts so I then set out to find a literary agent (thus began the sweating part).
Thirty-plus queries later, with as many rejections, (This is where the tears actually came in.) I finally decided that none of these agents were worthy of representing my masterpiece. I then set out to find a publisher that did not require an agent. I queried Sourcebooks and Kensington, both of whom to my shock expressed interest in my book. Sourcebooks offered me a contract. I cried again but these were tears of joy.
Fourteen months later (and after much more profuse sweating throughout the editing process) The Highest Stakes (writing as Emery Lee was published. That was April of 2010.  I later moved into historical romance (writing as Victoria Vane) and now have thirteen published novels and novellas.  

Kari& Autumn:  Where do you come up with the ideas for your books?

Victoria: Mostly from things that I read. I am a true research geek so I am constantly web surfing anything that strikes my fancy. All of my stories, whether historical or contemporary, contain various elements of reality. In my upcoming contemporary Western series I feature the struggles of modern day cattle ranching, as well as the wolf and wild horse controversies.

Kari& Autumn:  What exciting projects are waiting in the wings?

Victoria: I am happy to say readers will be seeing a lot of me as I have eight books coming over the next 18 months.  Ironically, I am currently under contract with BOTH of the publishers who first expressed interest in my debut historical novel.  My first hot contemporary cowboy series launches November 4 with SLOW HAND, book #1 in Hot Cowboy Nights from Sourcebooks and then I have a Las Vegas set cowboy series coming from Kensington in early 2016. The first book is called HELL ON HEELS.

Kari& Autumn: Who is your favorite literary character and why?

Victoria: My favorite literary character is probably Rhett Butler from Gone with the Wind. I love that charming rogue! He seems perfectly feckless but then surprises us with a noble side when he join a lost cause and again later with how deeply he loves his daughter and how affected he is by her death. He’s a fabulous character.

Kari& Autumn:  Just for fun, if you could be any animal, what would it be and why?

Victoria: That’s a no brainer- a horse. I have loved them my entire life and have owned thirteen of them. I currently own a gorgeous and sweet grey Arabian named Princeton.

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About the author:

Victoria Vane is an award-winning author of smart and sexy romance. Her works range from historical to contemporary settings and include everything from wild comedic romps to emotionally compelling erotic romance. Her books have received more than twenty reviewer awards and nominations to include the 2014 RONE Award for Treacherous Temptations and Library Journal Best E-Book romance of 2012 for The Devil DeVere series.Look for her hot new contemporary cowboy series coming from Sourcebooks in Fall of 2014.

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